Swinford

  • "They can dress it up anyway they want to, but the introduction of car parking charges on the streets in eight additional Mayo towns, is just a money making exercise by Mayo county County Council." That’s the view of Westport based Fianna Fail cllr Brendan Mulroy.

    The Cllr is the Chair of the Roads and Transport Strategic Policy Committee of Mayo county council, and at a meeting of the committee yesterday, Tom Gilligan Director of Service for the local authority told members that car parking charges are to be introduced in Ballyhaunis, Belmullet, Charlestown, Crossmolina, Foxford, Kiltimagh, Knock and Swinford.

    At present these towns have neither street car parking charges or carpark charges.

    Mr Gilligan said they plan to collect an additional half a million euro a year from such charges.

    Westport has carpark charges already, but on street car parking charges are also proposed under this plan.

    Cllr Mulroy told Midwest News editor Teresa O’Malley why he cannot accept the proposals.

  • If residents of Aras Attracta in Swinford want to stay living in the facility than they should be allowed to do so, despite any policy of the HSE to move them out into the community.

    That’s the view of Castlebar Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    The councillor , who is a member of the HSE West forum raised the matter at a recent meeting of the forum, as he believes that some Aras Attracta residents and their families are adamant that they do not want to move out of the care home for people with mental disabilities, but are feeling, in some cases, that there is pressure being put on them to do so.

    There are 67 residents in Aras Attracta at present, and the HSE are at an advanced stage of relocating many of these people into community home settings.

  •  A regulator needs to be appointed by government to allow elected councillors to challenge or appeal any directive from a Minister, that’s the view of Swinford based Fianna Fail councillor Michael Smyth.

    The councillor was speaking at yesterday’s special meeting of Mayo county council that was called by elected councillors to reinstate planning as an item on the agenda of each Municipal District, as was the case until last year, when a directive from the Planning Minister Eoghan Murphy banned any planning discussions at council meetings.

    Councillors adjourned yesterday meeting and are now seeking independent legal advice on whether or not they can continue to make observations about planning at meetings of the authority.

  • Gardai in Swinford are appealing for witnesses after a man died following a road collision yesterday evening.

    Gardai and the emergency services were called to the scene of the single vehicle collision at Ballinvoher near Swinford at approximately 6.45 yesterday evening.

    The driver – a man in his 70’s, who was the sole occupant of the car, was seriously injured when his SUV left the road and struck a wall. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

    His body was removed to Mayo University Hospital for a post-mortem examination. The local Coronor has been notified. The N5 road was closed for a time yesterday evening but has since reopened following an examination of the scene.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Swinford Garda Station on 094-9252990 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

  • Gardai have launched an appeal for information as the first anniversary of the death of Joe Deacy approaches.

    Joe, who was 21-years old, was found seriously injured in Gorthnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday August 12th last year by a passing cyclist.

    Mr Deacy, a native of St Alban’s in the UK, was transferred to Mayo University Hospital and then to Beaumont Hospital Dublin, where he died on August 13th.

    Gardai have established that Joe left Kiltimagh town at approximately 1.30am on August 12th.

    Gardai are again appealing to people from the local community who have seen Joe between 1.30am and 6.45am on Saturday August 12th 2017 to come forward to assist Gardai with any information.

    Crimestoppers is offering a substantial reward for information which may lead to the apprehension of the person or persons responsible for Joe’s death.

    Crimestoppers can be contacted on 1800 25 00 25, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or the incident room at Claremorris Garda Station on 094-93-72080.

    Superintendent Tom Calvey told Midwest News that they are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

  • Michaela Walsh was back in action yesterday when she represented Ireland at the Loughborough International in England.

    Michaela claimed the gold in the u23 women's shot put with a huge throw of 15.97m ranking her inside the top 5 in Europe at the age of 19. 

    Moving up the ranks Michaela also came 1st in the senior category this is an amazing achievement for the talented young Swinford athlete.

  • The family of a young GAA player from England, who was murdered while on a visit to Co. Mayo last August, says they are convinced that “someone knows what happened” and has appealed for them to contact investigating Gardai.

    The Dublin City Coroner this morning adjourned the inquest into his death of 21-year-old Joe Deacy at the request of An Garda Siochana, to permit officers to continue their extensive investigations.

    Mr Deacy, a member of St Colmcille’s GAA club in Hertfordshire and a passionate Mayo GAA fan, was found seriously injured outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford in the early hours of Sunday, August 13 last year.

    He was rushed by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital before being transferred to the Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, where he later died.

    Joe Deacy had been visiting relatives in Co. Mayo when he sustained the fatal injuries.

    He had been socialising in Kiltimagh the night before his death.

    Two men arrested for questioning in November under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act were later released without charge.

    Following this morning’s adjournment, Mr Deacy’s father Adrian released a short statement in which he said the family “hoped and prayed” continuing investigations will eventually bring to justice those responsible for Joe’s death.

  • road crash

    A road traffic collision has claimed the life of a man in Swinford this afternoon.

    The collision between a car and an articulated truck on the N5 at Swinford near the Applegreen Store occurred shortly before 3.30pm.

    One person was pronounced dead at the scene while another person was taken to Mayo University Hospital with non life threatening conditions..

    The forensic collision investigation team is currently at the scene. 

    The road is likely to remain closed to traffic for a number of hours.

    All traffic is being diverted through Swinford town.

    Diversions are in place.  

    Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them in Claremorris on 094 93 72080.

     

  • A man who died in a road collision earlier this week on the N5 will be laid to rest on Monday.

    Frank Walsh of Treenlaur, Kiltimagh died when the car he was driving collided with an articulated truck on the N5 at Swinford near the Applegreen.

    Frank’s remains will repose at O’Hora’s Funeral Home Kiltimagh tomorrow evening from 5.30 until 8pm.

    He will be laid to rest following 12 noon Funeral Mass in the Church of the Holy Family, Kiltimagh on Monday in Kilkinure Cemetery, Kiltimagh.


  • The National Senior Indoor Athletics Championships are taking place this weekend in Abbotstown Dublin. Having taken gold two weeks previously at the Under 23 Championships yesterday saw Michaela Walsh move up to compete at the highest level of athletics in Ireland. The young Swinford athlete stormed to victory at the Senior Championships winning gold in the women's 4kg shot putt with a new indoor pb - a full 3 meters ahead of the silver medalist. Michaela will now prepare for the outdoor season where she will compete in both the hammer and shot putt.  

  • TP Brennan Connacht Cup Semi-Final 
    Castlebar Celtic 0-2 Carbury FC 

    TP Brennan Shield Semi-Final 
    Colemanstown 1-3 Swinford AET 

  • More than 700 households and businesses in the Crossmolina area are without electricity this morning.

    A fault occurred on the line just before 8am.

    According to the ESB’s powercheck website, crews are working on the fault and it’s expected that the supply will be restored by 11.30 this morning.

    A fault has also occurred on the line at Swinford, where 19 households have lost supply this morning.

    Again the ESB says crews are working on the repairs and it’s hoped to have the service restored at 11.30am.

  • There were no applications for two GP practices in Swinford and Headford, when the existing GPs at both locations retired recently.  

    According to former Chair of the Irish Medical Organisation and Ballygar GP Dr Martin Daly, there will be areas in the west of Ireland left without a GP in the coming years.

    The IMO is highlighting the level of retirements anticipated over the next five to seven years county by county, and across county Mayo 41 percent, that is 2 in every 5 GPs in the county at present look set to hang up the stethoscope.

    In Leitrim up to half of the GPs at present are due to retire over that time period, in Roscommon 38 percent, 30 percent in Galway.

    The organisation has also been contacting TDs and running a social media campaign on Twitter to push its reverse FEMPI campaign.

    The IMO’s AGM is taking place in Killarney over the next four days.

  • A proposal to cancel registration for Áras Attracta in Swinford, a campus-based residential setting for people with intellectual disabilities in Swinford operated by the HSE has been withdrawn by the Health Information and Quality Authority.

    The decision was made following inspections carried out at the facility on January 8th and 9th of this year. The proposal to cancel their registration was issued in September 2017. However on foot of the latest inspection report, the Chief Inspector of Social Services in HIQA has withdrawn that proposal and is inviting the HSE to apply to register these centres. However HIQA has said in a statement that it remains concerned about the sustainability of these improvements and the areas of continued non-compliance.

    The Health Information and Quality Authority has published three inspection reports for centres in Áras Attracta today.

    It found that improvements had been made to residents’ safety and quality of life since the previous inspections in May 2017. The HSE had implemented, or was in the process of implementing, the majority of actions required following previous inspections, within the agreed time frames. Revised management and oversight arrangements had been put in place in all three centres and appropriate action was now being taken in relation to safeguarding concerns.

    Inspectors found that residents were now afforded more choice in how they spent their day and in how they decorated their bedrooms. Residents could now take part in activities of interest to them. Residents and their families could now participate in making decisions that affect them through regular resident and family forums. Some residents had recently moved out of the campus into more appropriate housing in the community, while other residents told inspectors that they were looking forward to their move into the community.

    However, improvements are required in a number of areas across the campus:

    • further improving oversight of the quality and safety of care,
    • increasing opportunities for residents to participate in education, training or employment,
    • completing fire prevention upgrade work, as required by the HSE’s fire consultant,
    • making sure residents have an accessible version of their personal plan,
    • providing further training to ensure staff can meet residents' assessed needs,
    • ensuring staff files contain all records to verify that they are appropriate to work in the centre, as required under the regulations.

    While there continues to be non-compliance in areas such as the workforce, risk management, governance, suitability of accommodation on the campus and aspects of social care provision, the HSE has submitted a satisfactory action plan to fully address these issues and bring the centres into full compliance with the regulations and standards.

    On the basis of the HSE’s overall plan for the campus and the action plans submitted following these inspections, HIQA has withdrawn the notices of proposal to cancel the registration of the campus. This will provide the HSE with an opportunity to fully implement their action plans. However, HIQA remains concerned about the sustainability of these improvements and will continue to monitor the campus closely to ensure that the provider continues to improve residents’ care, safety and quality of life. HIQA now expects to receive completed applications for the registration of centres in Áras Attracta and, when received, the Chief Inspector will give due consideration to these.

     

     

     

  • This Sunday, August 12th, a number of events will be organised in memory of the late Joe Deacy and everyone is invited to attend.

    Joe, who was 21-years old, was found seriously injured in Gorthnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday August 12th last year by a passing cyclist.

    Mr Deacy, a native of St Alban’s in the UK, was transferred to Mayo University Hospital and then to Beaumont Hospital Dublin, where he died on August 13th.

    On Sunday, a Mass will be celebrated, a wreath laying ceremony will take place  and a memorial Gaelic football match will also be held. 

    The events are being organized by St Colmcille’s GAA club, in St Alban’s where Joe was a valued member.

    St Colmcille’s PRO Shane Gill told Midwest News today that Sunday is a chance to rejuvenate the search for answers and an opportunity to celebrate Joe’s passions, which were football, in particular Mayo and West Ham United. 

    The mass will take place in Bohola Church at 11.30am on Sunday, followed by the laying of a wreath at the house where Joe was found at 1pm.

    This will be followed by a memorial Gaelic football match at 2pm in Swinford Amenity Park, where his club St Colmcilles GAC, will take on ‘The Hammers’, a team comprised of Joe’s friends and family and named after his favourite soccer team, West Ham. 

  • The speed limit along the N58 Foxford to Ballyvary road is to be reduced to 80km per hour, down from 100 km, and reduced further to 60 km per hour through the village of Straide.

    It follows extensive lobbying by local Fine Gael councillor Neil Cruise, who says the people living along this very busy stretch of road, that links Ballina to Castlebar, are living in fear of traffic speeds along the route.

    The councillor insists the changes are not designed as a revenue collector for the state, but rather arefor health and safety reasons.

    Speed limit reductions are also to be reduced on the N26 Foxford to Swinford road, the main Dublin road from Ballina.

    Councillor Cruise told Midwest News that these are all necessary changes  and the new limits will be enforced.

     They have been approved by both Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Mayo county council.

     

  • SWINFORD GAA Club will begin the 2018 Mayo GAA League season in Division 1D of the league.

    Midwest Radio Sport can confirm that the club saw their appeal against a deduction of points by the Mayo Co Board for fielding an illegal player against Bonniconlon dismissed by the Dispute Resolutions Authority last night.

    The final verdict brings to an end several months of boardroom wrangling after Bonniconlon lodged an objection to the use of an illegal player by Swinford in their final league game of the 2017 Division 1C campaign. When the North Mayo club had their appeal upheld by the County Board, Swinford brought an appeal to the Connacht GAA Council. 

    The Connacht GAA Board ruled in favour of Swinford but on further examination by the Central Appeals Committee in Croke Park, this ruling was dismissed. Swinford's final port of call was the DRA but after several weeks of scrutiny and oral hearings with officials from Bonniconlon, Swinford, Mayo GAA and Connacht GAA, the DRA ruled in favour of Bonniconlon and upheld the original decision of Mayo GAA to award the points to them.

    That all means that Bonniconlon finish the 2017 Division 1C season on ten points while Swinford end on six points and thus are relegated to Division 1D. Louisburgh and Castlebar Mitchels both finished the campaign on eight points and were awaiting the outcome of the DRA ruling to see where they stood. According to Mayo GAA league rules, when two teams finish level on points, their final placing will be decided by the head-to-head result. Louisburgh defeated Mitchels B in June of 2017 but the fate of the two teams has yet to be confirmed officially. 

    With an end in sight to the situation however it does appear that the final league placings for 2017 will be confirmed very shortly, with the 2018 fixtures to come.

    Below is the a part of the verdict as delivered by the DRA which Midwest Radio has managed to get a copy of.

    FACTUAL BACKGROUND

    1.

    The within application relates to the awarding by the Third Named

    Respondent (Mayo CCC) of a Mayo Senior League Division 1C football fixture

    which took place on 22 October 2017 on foot of an objection by the Fourth

    Named Respondent (Bonniconlon).

    2.

    Interestingly, Mayo GAA have divided the League into Division 1A, 1B, 1C,

    1D, 1E and 1F. The reason for using this lettered and numbered terminology is

    not to stigmatise those clubs in the lowered tiers of the division. Also, a club

    (as was the case here) with more than one team would then nominate players

    to play in the upper tiers of the division which must include at least twelve

    players from the previous year’s championship.

    3.

    On Sunday 23rd September 2017, the Claimant Club played Burrishoole in a

    Division 1C game and a player from the Claimant’s Club received a red card.

    The penalty as in normal course was a one match suspension in the same code

    and at the same level, applicable to the next game in the same competition. This

    sanction was accepted and not queried by the player. He was not one of the

    nominated players.

    4.

    On Sunday 15th October 2017, the Claimant played Ardnaree in a Division 1E

    game and that player did not play. However, he did play the following Division

    1C game on the 22nd October 2017 against Bonniconlon believing he had

    already served his suspension. The Claimant won that game by a point and an

    objection was lodged by Bonniconlon to Mayo CCC. The Tribunal did not hear

    evidence from the player and the facts here in relation to serving his suspension

    in Division 1E game is merely a presumption on our part.

    5.

    The Claimant appealed the Mayo CCC decision dated 6 November 2017 to the

    Second Respondent - Coiste Eisteachta Chonnacht (Connacht HC). Following

     

     

    a hearing on 21 November 2017, Connacht HC upheld the Claimant’s appeal.

    Thereafter, the Fourth Respondent - Mhuinne Chonaillain (Bonniconlon)

    successfully appealed the matter to An Lár Choiste Achomhairc (CAC). The

    Claimant has identified the CAC decision dated 15 December 2017 as the sole

    disputed decision.

    6.

    When the hearing commenced the Tribunal reserved its position on the initial

    jurisdictional point by the CAC pending further discussions between members

    of the Tribunal and by agreement and to facilitate the parties it proceeded to

    hear the substantive issues. We now set out our decision in relation to that

    preliminary jurisdictional issue and as a result, the latter substantive issue is

    largely irrelevant.

    FINDINGS

    7.

    The appeal by the fourth named Respondent, Bonniconlon before the CAC was

    on three grounds inter alia(1) Connacht HC had erred and misapplied Rule

    7.11(o) T.O. 2017 (2) Connacht HC had erred and misapplied Rule 7.10(d)(1) by

    ruling the objection out of order under Rule 7.10(e)(1) in circumstances where

    this was not raised by the Claimant at the objection hearing before the Mayo

    CCC or Connacht HC (3) Connacht HC had erred and misapplied Rule 7.11(p).

    This is our numbering for ease of reference.

    8.

    9.

    The CAC upheld the appeal on one ground, that is number (2) above and

    simply put, they had no jurisdiction in the matter considering this argument

    was not previously raised by the Claimant either before the Mayo CCC or

    Connacht HC.

    It was accepted on behalf of the Claimant that they did not raise the ‘deeming

    of the objection in order’ under Rule 7.10(e)(1) either before the Mayo CCC or

     

     

    Connacht HC but did raise Rule 7.10(d)(1) and by implication that would have

    included Rule 7.10(e)(1) and therefore, no prejudice occurs.

    10.

    However, to succeed under Rule 7.10(d)(1) one must first challenge the

    substance of the decision by the Mayo CCC which was made under Rule

    7.10(e)(1) deeming the objection in order and unfortunately this was not done

    by the Claimant.

    DETERMINATION

    11.

    12.

    The Tribunal finds that it has no jurisdiction to hear this dispute and dismisses

    the claim.

    Rule 7.13(d) is very clear that no member or unit shall refer a matter for

    Arbitration until all available avenues of Appeal under the Rules have been

    exhausted. In this instance, this did not occur.

    13.

    Whilst one would have sympathy for the Claimant given their impressive

    arguments before us on the vagueness in the suspension as outlined against the

    player concerned (which coincidentally as an aside, it may have been read in

    favour of the player) it nevertheless would create a very unhelpful precedent

    to allow points of arguments before us to proceed where they were not

    previously adjudicated by those other Units of the Association. This is a well-

    established Rule of Law. As such, previous arguments before the Units must

    be exhaustively adjudicated on.

    RECOMMENDATION 

     

    14.

    The Tribunal recommends that where Match Suspension based disciplinary

    sanctions are being proposed/imposed on players that such notices indicate

    clearly to what specific game(s)/league division a suspension arises i.e. in what

    code, at what level and in what competition.


    This is the unanimous decision of the Tribunal

  • At the English Athletics Championships held  in Bedford today Michaela Walsh has just smashed the Irish U23 women's hammer record with a massive personal best throw of 64.22m breaking the record set by Olympian Eileen O'Keefe back in 2003. At the age of 19 Michaela took gold in the under 23 women's hammer. 

  • The man who died in a single vehicle road accident on the N5 near Swinford on Saturday evening has been named.

    John Patrick Hannon who was in his 70’s lost his life when the SUV he was driving left the road and struck a wall on the Swinford side of the Ballymiles pub in Ballinvoher.

    Mr. Hannon from Ballymote was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    His remains were brought to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar for a post-mortem examination.

    He was a former Christian Brother who taught with the Order in many countries and was a leading figure in the Ballymote Active Retirement Group.

    Gardaí in Swinford are continuing to investigate the accident and are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 0949252990 or the Garda confidential line on 1800666111.

    No funeral arrangements have yet been announced.

  • Gardai are attending the scene of a road collision on the N5 road, between Swinford and Castlebar.

    Three vehicles were involved in a collision on the Castlebar side of the Applegreen service station.

    It's not believed anyone sustained injuries in the collision.

    The road is open, but motorists can expect some delays.